(Last updated January 30, 2015)


Dynamic Washington, D.C., nonprofit association specializing in food safety and nutrition communications seeks a Program Manager/Coordinator.

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  • Assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of a wide range of comprehensive public affairs services including writing, editing, media relations, promotions and publicity and other general assignments to achieve objectives of outreach programs as directed.
  • Assist in the development of educational materials, blogs, newsletter articles and other communication materials, working in cooperation with publication partners as appropriate.
  • Assist in development and coordination of coalitions among associations, health professional groups, consumer advocates, government and industry, serving as an IFIC contact as directed.
  • Assist in consumer research development and statistical  analysis to achieve objectives of outreach programs as directed
  • Prepare, update and manage key distribution lists for IFIC's various outreach programs and attend conferences and external meetings as directed.
  • Assist in gathering information and resources for timely and collaborative responses to stakeholder requests.
  • Assist Director with day-to-day requirements, including coordinating projects, monitoring and analysis of traditional and social media, preparing reports on program metrics and outcomes, identifying and providing an early alert of trends and emerging issues, and posting and updating information on our websites.
  • Assist Director in event, meeting and conference planning, including program development, logistics, and related administrative needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • College degree in journalism/communications/public relations or food/food safety/nutrition/agriculture/science or related field
  • 1-4 years’ experience in journalism/communications/public relations or food/agriculture/science field, with consumer research and association/nonprofit experience also desirable
  • Ability to understand complex scientific information and translate into clear lay language
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects, flexibility to shift between projects
  • Experience using various social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for proactive communications
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, public speaking/presentation skills a plus
  • Good interpersonal skills (good communicator, can work independently as well as in a team setting, etc.), self-starter with natural leadership ability
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel (knowledge of Publisher also a plus)
  • CRM database experience a plus
  • Quick and enthusiastic learner
  • Some travel required



Attention university students interested in nutrition and food safety communications! Applications for the 2015 International Food Information Council Foundation Sylvia Rowe Fellowship are currently being accepted. The recipient will be awarded a six to 12 week paid internship at the IFIC Foundation offices in Washington, DC.

The Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award was established as a tribute to the former IFIC and International Food Information Council Foundation President & CEO, Sylvia B. Rowe, to help promising nutrition and food safety communicators enhance their capabilities. The goal of this award is to develop the recipient's ability to communicate science-based nutrition and food safety information to the public in an academic setting, professional situation (either for-profit or nonprofit sector), or other public venues.

Recipients of the fellowship, which has been offered since 2008, have continued forth with careers in a variety of business and food industry organizations and academic institutions. The most recent Sylvia Rowe Fellow, 2014 recipient Kate Olender, is a MS/MPH candidate in Food Policy & Applied Nutrition from Tufts University. Ms. Olender says, “The Sylvia Rowe Fellowship helped me better understand the complexities and intricacies of our food system. With this knowledge, I am better able to speak and communicate intelligently about it, and to work with a variety of key influencers of our food system, including people from food manufacturing companies, food retail outlets, non-profits, government, and academia.”

To Apply:

Prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within 12 months from the time of application) from a university undergraduate or graduate program in nutrition, food safety, and/or journalism/communications. (Graduate students or recent graduates are preferred.) Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

More information about the fellowship, as well as the application packet, can be found on the website, here.

All materials are due by Friday, January 30, 2015.  Applicants will be notified by Friday, March 6, 2015.

E-mail (preferred) or mail the complete application packet to:

Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award
c/o Marcia Greenblum
International Food Information Council Foundation
1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 430
Washington, DC  20036


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